Obviously it’s been a little bit of a weird year so far. Actually, weird is an understatement. We can’t play baseball, we can’t even grab a bite to eat out if we want. At night I dream that I’m on the mound pitching, but I wake up and realize that’s just not my reality right now. Mentally, I’m doing all right with it all, I’m just putting my work in and waiting for the green light to get back to the field.
Lately, I still go to my favorite coffee shop, which is open for takeout at least, and grab a cup of coffee before I go to a bench and read for a while. It’s good to have more time to think, read and spend time with God. I think a lot of times we as Christians, whether we’ll admit it or not, struggle with making time for God. Even the most solid Christ-follower would probably admit to getting caught up in the routines of their day. I find myself at times saying I need to take time to just be with God, but then the day goes by and I realize I didn’t get there. Of course, God is always with us, but our days are fleeting. How do we want to spend them?
These days, many of us have nothing but time on our hands. For me, once I complete my workouts, though there’s always stuff to do, my day is pretty much free. It’s a good time to reset and focus on what really matters. It’s a time when all other distractions — all the things that could take us away from spending time with God — actually are taken away from us. Let’s not waste it.
Everyone is being affected by the coronavirus. No one is immune to getting it. When we really think about that reality, we know that this is no joke. I’m choosing to be intentional with my time and thoughts each day; I’m choosing to be grateful for each day I have.
If I didn’t have Christ in my life and the hope that He brings — if I didn’t know that God’s divine plan in intertwined even in this crisis — I don’t know what I’d be able to hold onto. As Christ-followers, we know that God is always going to take care of us, even after this life is over. There’s great comfort in that. Without this knowledge, this would be a much graver time.
Thankfully, we have the upper hand with God on our side.
— Daniel Norris, Detroit Tigers pitcher
Daniel Norris is a regular contributor to The Increase, providing articles and opinions. Check out Daniel’s Increase profile here: https://theincrease.com/author/daniel-norris/
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